INFO 246-10
Information Technology Tools and Applications—Advanced Topic: Web 2.0 and Social Media
Summer 2022 Syllabus

Jen Jumba
Office location: Virtual, Cleveland, Ohio
Office Hours: By appointment

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning June 1st, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

Mode of instruction

  • This course will be entirely asynchronous. We will use Canvas and VoiceThread for online discussions, for the submission of assignments, and for accessing readings and course material.
  • Students will create accounts for Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Using these accounts, students will become familiar with how these tools/applications can be utilized in a library setting to engage customers/students. 
  • Students should create accounts for this class as they will be made PUBLIC for other students and me to interact with on a weekly basis.  Do not use your own personal account so that you may maintain your privacy outside of the “classroom.” Detailed instructions will be available in each assignment.  
  • Students will need to have a microphone, smartphone/tablet are required for the VoiceThread discussions as well as the discussions via Instagram (as it does not work via a computer).

Course Requirements

There will be a total of five assignments, which include the weekly discussion posts as follows:

  • Weekly Discussion Posts using Voice Thread and Pinterest supports CLO #1 and CLO #4.
  • Sample blog entry supports CLO #1.
  • Prezi with Voice Thread: Web 2.0 Tool or Social Media application of choice supports CLO #1 and CLO # 3.
  • Infographic: Social Media Around the World supports CLO # 2.
  • Social Media Strategic Plan supports CLO #3, CLO # 4, and CLO #5.

Course Calendar

Week Topic Assignment Due
May 30 Course Overview, Introductions, Syllabus  
June 6 Brief History of Web 2.0 and Social Media Voice Thread, Pinterest, Twitter posts due 6/8 and replies 6/10
June 13 Top 10 and Rest of Social Media Voice Thread, Pinterest, Instagram posts due 6/15 and replies 6/17

Blogging Sample Due 6/17
June 20 Libraries and Web 2.0 and Social Media Voice Thread, Pinterest, Twitter posts due 6/22 and replies 6/24
June 27 Web 2.0 and Education

Information Seeking
Voice Thread, Pinterest, Instagram posts due 6/29 and replies 7/1

Prezi with Voice Thread Due 7/1
July 4 Big Data/Cybersecurity

Ethics and Privacy

Voice Thread, Pinterest, Twitter posts due 7/6 and replies 7/8

Social Media Strategic Plan Objective Due 7/8

July 11 Marketing Web 2.0 and Social Media Voice Thread, Pinterest, Instagram posts due 7/13 and replies 7/15

Social Media Around the World Infographic Due 7/15
July 18 Evaluating Web 2.0 and Social Media Voice Thread, Pinterest, Twitter posts due 7/20 and replies 7/22
July 25 Best and Worst Social Media Practices Voice Thread, Pinterest, Instagram posts due 7/27 replies due 7/29

Social Media Strategic Plan Due 7/29
August 1 Staying Up to Date

Future of Web 2.0 and Social Media

Voice Thread, Pinterest, Twitter AND Instagram posts due 8/3 no replies required


Assignment Points
"Not Your Average Weekly Discussions" 30
Sample Blog 10
Prezi with Audio 15
Social Media Strategic Plan Objective 5
Social Media Around the World Infographic 15
Social Media Strategic Plan 25

In the working world, projects are often collaborative in nature and deadlines are important. It is my goal to make sure you meet deadlines and are known to be a responsible and reliable colleague throughout your career.

Beginning from one minute late, for every 24 hours that an assignment is late, two points will be deducted from your assignment grade, unless you speak with me first.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 246 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop strong written and oral communication skills through weekly voice thread postings and presentation style assignments.
  2. Understand how Social Media is being utilized in libraries around the world.
  3. Evaluate Social Media and Web 2.0 tools and develop a Strategic Plan for use in a specific library setting.
  4. Gain practical knowledge of a variety of Social Media tools through hands-on use and learn from peers about other applications.
  5. Understand the pros and cons of a variety of Social Media applications/tools within a specific type of library/organization.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 246 supports the following core competencies:

  1. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  2. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors and how they should be considered when connecting individuals or groups with accurate, relevant and appropriate information.
  3. M Demonstrate professional leadership and communication skills.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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